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What teachers do get after years of service is a modest pension that will likely not cover basic expenses without supplemental retirement savings. To equate or even compare CalPERS and CalSTRS is erroneous and misleading to public opinion.

Finally, Gullixson connects budget underfunding for local services to pension systems. While this may be an effective rhetorical device to fire up the public, there is no concrete evidence that CalSTRS is the root cause of Santa Rosa City Schools’ current budget problem or any other funding issues.

There’s been ample press lauding the wine, beer and weed industries in Sonoma County. Why not encourage these economic powerhouses to check societal deterioration by sharing the wealth with schools, parks, libraries and infrastructure instead of attacking educators who promote social stability for a modest compensation?

WILLIAM HUNTSINGER

Santa Rosa

A disgraceful leader

EDITOR: Once again, Donald Trump takes a non-issue — a handful of sports figures following Colin Kaepernick’s lead and kneeling during the national anthem — and makes it about himself and what he says is respecting or disrespecting our country.

By calling them names, which is the only thing Trump seems to be good at, he united the NFL teams to support each team member and to call Trump on his own hypocrisy. Trump disrespects our country by saying he’s smart for not paying taxes, by making fun of veterans and disabled people, by ridiculing women for how they look, by lying about anything from crowd sizes to imaginary missiles being launched from Iran, by promoting polluting forms of energy, etc. The list goes on and on.

I believe the majority of athletes kneeling now are only protesting our disgraceful leader.

JOHN METRAS

Cotati

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